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Artist Anna T. Kelly’s “Float Tents, Rose Bowl” Is Museum Purchase Award Winner

February 27th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

A painting depicting one of Pasadena’s iconic scenes by a Chinese-American artist was named the Museum Purchase Award winner and will become part of the collection at Pasadena Museum of History.
Float Tents, Rose Bowl, an overhead view of the festive white tents surrounding the Rose Bowl that house the floats-in-preparation for Pasadena’s annual Rose Parade, was chosen as the Museum Purchase Award winner out of the 58 paintings in the Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II: Scenes of Contemporary Life in the San Gabriel Valley fine art exhibition. The artwork will be on display in the History Center Galleries at Pasadena Museum of History through Saturday, April 11, 2009; viewing hours are 12-5 pm Wednesdays through Sundays.

Kelly’s work was selected as the entry most representative of the exhibition’s theme, and purchased by the Pasadena Art Gallery Association (PAGA) for Pasadena Museum of History’s collection. “The selection by the Pasadena Art Gallery Association of the artwork by Anna T. Kelly for the collection of the Pasadena Museum of History follows the custom by the gallery association of choosing a high quality artwork from their current exhibition at the museum,” explains Kevin Casey of Tirage Fine Art. “As in the association’s past selection from “Contemporay Masters, Artistic Eden I” in 2007, “Regeneration” by Tom Steck, the association and museum officials chose a painting that exemplified the aims of the exhibition while taking into account the existing historic painting collection of the museum.”

Float Tents, Rose Bowl will join the Museum’s collection of more than 100 paintings by some of the early masters of California plein air painting, including Carl Oscar Borg, Benjamin Brown, William Keith, Richard Miller, Granville Redmond and Elmer Wachtel, among others. “We sincerely appreciate PAGA’s generosity, and we are delighted that the unanimous selection of Ms. Kelly’s painting will add such a lovely piece to the Museum’s collection,” noted Jeannette O’Malley, executive director of Pasadena Museum of History.

Artist Biography

Anna T. Kelly was born in China and grew up on the island of Taiwan. For as long as she can remember, she was attracted by the visual arts. She received her bachelor of science degree in textile engineering. After finishing college, she worked in fabric design and began training in fine arts in the studios of Professor J.Y. Chen and Professor Lee Teh. She also learned Chinese painting under Professor H.N. Au.
In 1975, she came to the United States. Whenever the opportunity arose, she pursued her artistic interests. She studied art at Pasadena City College, and, beginning in 1995, took part in a comprehensive fine arts curriculum at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She studied under Richard Lees during 2001-2003, and continues to participate in various courses and workshops offered by Chinese and American masters including Zhou Shuqiao, Jove Wang, John Budicin and Kathryn Stats. Kelly is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, a member of Oil Painters of America, and the Pasadena Society of Artists.

Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II

Over 225 nationally recognized representational artists were invited to create artworks reflecting scenes of Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley for this singular juried event, which is jointly curated by the six galleries comprising the Pasadena Area Gallery Association (PAGA): Galerie Gabrie, Michael Hollis Fine Art, San Marino Gallery, Segil Fine Art Source, Fred Stern Gallery and Tirage Fine Art Gallery The initial list of invited artists includes many of the country’s most honored fine art painters, with the final selection juried by museum officials, independent fine art professionals, and the gallery sponsors. Fifty-eight paintings (landscape, figurative and still-life) were selected for display the exhibition, representing a total of 47 artists. [Editors please note: Complete listing of artists follows.]

Hours & Admission: Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II: Scenes of Contemporary Life in the San Gabriel Valley will be open for public viewing from 12:00-5:00 pm Wednesdays through April 11, 2009 at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Admission is $5 General, $4 Seniors & Students (with I.D.), free to Museum members and children under 12. For additional information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call 626-577-1660, ext. 10.

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